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How to Increase Circulation to the Skin Naturally

author image Colleen Meheen
Colleen Meheen is a certified personal trainer through the ISSA, and has years of experience in the fields of holistic nutrition. Her passion for preventative wellness creates her active lifestyle up in the Rockies of Colorado. She has been the fashion editor for Lifestyle Media Group and an inspirational writer for Reign Media Group L.L.C.
How to Increase Circulation to the Skin Naturally
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The skin, the largest organ of the body, consists of epidermis and dermis layers that cover your external body. Skin offers you the wonders of touch, which can be hindered by bad circulation. You can increase circulation to your skin naturally through basic activities.

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Exercise for 25 to 30 minutes at an aerobic pace three days per week. Add two or three low-intensity walks or activities. Physical exertion that elevates the heart rate, opens the lungs and moves the blood around the body provides an optimal circulation booster to the skin. After exercise, notice the attractive pink flush that appears on your face. This is the healthy result of the natural boost in blood flow and circulation that happens with exercise, notes the website

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Shower in a hot flow of water for one to two minutes, then immediately switch to cold water for one minute. Complete this cycle up to four or five times to oxygenate and flush out the skin. You can use hydrotherapy daily to increase circulation to the skin with no negative side effects.

Use capsicum-infused oils and creams topically twice per day. Avoid the eye area and sensitive areas of the skin. Capsicum, most typically cayenne, has been used internally and externally since ancient times to aid in circulation. It is well known for its stimulant and antiseptic actions, states.

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Ginger can be taken as a tablet as recommended on the label or used in whole form as part of recipes. Ginger root stimulates tissues within the body to boost circulation and reduce inflammation, suggests the National Center of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Eat onions and garlic two to three times each week. Both provide sulfuric compounds that positively affect circulation to the skin, advises the U.S. Nutritional and Herbal Researcher. Use rosemary in recipes or topically via creams and oils. Supplemental ginkgo biloba is available in capsules; take as directed by the maker. This herb that has been used predominantly to increase blood flow to the brain, as well as increased circulation to the skin.

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